I was a Teenage Creationist: Field Notes on the Culture War

When I was very young, science was incredible to me. I watched Bill Nye whenever I could, which was almost never—thanks, baby sister of yesteryear. At one point I heard you could watch him on the World Wide Web, so I begged my Dad to let me try. We sat waiting while our 56K modem struggled to load a full ten minutes… » 2/06/14 10:20am 2/06/14 10:20am

When do Authors Overexplain their Setting?

Since the posts about zombie science (zcience? Sorry) and ScienceMagic(TM), I've been thinking about when explaining a thing takes away from the impact of the story. See, in genre fiction, we deal with a lot of made up things. These things have to be explained to the audience to make sense. If you tell me Dan the… » 10/21/13 9:15pm 10/21/13 9:15pm

Just finished Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne

Everything is horrible forever, now. The show was rife with violence against women, was horribly regressive, held ridiculous gender essentialist views, and generally felt like sticking my hand in a meat grinder. Why did I watch the whole thing, you ask? Well, it was six episodes, and the pilot was good in places, so… » 7/31/13 12:47am 7/31/13 12:47am